Team Unitedhealthcare’s Boy Van Poppel (NED) finished 7thin Stage 3 of the 2012 Tour of Britain, landing in the top 10 for the third straight day at the event. Although he relinquished the overall leader’s IG Gold jersey, van Poppel’s finish was enough to help him retain the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Leader’s jersey. Mark Cavendish (GBR) of Team Sky won the stage today while the Orica-Greenedge duo of Leigh Howard and Aidis Kruopis took second and third place, respectively.
The boys from Unitedhealthcare rode hard throughout the day to protect the gold leader’s jersey that van Poppel secured following his third place finish in yesterday’s second stage. Despite their valiant effort, the boys were unable to hold onto the gold jersey, but van Poppel sits in 3rd place in the overall, +0.04 off general classification leader, Howard, and Cavendish, who sits in second overall.
The young speedster from Poppel took second in Stage 1 of the Tour on Sunday, September 9.
The Tour of Britain is now the UK’s biggest professional bike race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event. Stage 4 of the Tour continues tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12, as the North West stage of the race heads from Carlisle to Blackpool, via Penrith, Shap, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley. The stage gets underway at 11am local time in Carlisle and is expected to arrive on Blackpool Promenade between 2:30pm and 3pm local time for the finish beneath Blackpool Tower.